Somalia

Somalia Food Aid Convoy Stranded by Floods

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MOGADISHU, Somalia (Reuters) - A convoy of 120 trucks loaded with famine relief food was stranded 120 miles south of Mogadishu on Sunday by floods and washed-out roads, United Nations officials said.

The World Food Program convoy, escorted by 12 armored battlewagons, left Mogadishu 10 days ago heading for famine-hit Bay and Bakol regions.

Attempts to find a passable alternative route had failed, truck drivers reported by radio.

In Lower Shabelle region, further south, the town of Sablaleh was reported to be devastated after a week of non-stop heavy rain.

Travelers who succeeded in getting out of Sablaleh said the Shabelle river had burst its banks and thousands of acres of farmland were under water, with no prospect of a harvest in the coming months.

Reuters - Thomson Reuters Foundation
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